A retired stand-up comedy fan from Brighton has won the national over-60s category at the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards.

Sheila Palmer – selected from thousands of entrants from across the UK – collected her award from the iconic sixties model Twiggy at the ceremony in London on Tuesday 10 October.

Over the moon

Sheila said: ‘To say that I am “over the moon” is putting it mildly and I feel honoured to be flying the flag for the more mature spectacle wearer.

'In 1937, Dorothy Parker, a renowned poet and author, declared “men seldom make passes at girls wearing glasses”. Many women my age grew up with that quote ringing in their ears. Nowadays, people frequently make passes at women wearing glasses. How times have changed.’

The awards, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, raised £120,000 for the charity Kidscape. Specsavers has raised more than half a million pounds for the charity over the last nine years.

Great ambassador

Andrew Wallbank, store director at the Brighton store in North Street, said: ‘We are delighted that Sheila has won this award. She is a larger than life character and a terrific ambassador for Specsavers.

'Sheila shows that it is never too late to wear funky frames – so if you have not had an eye test in a while and fancy changing your look, why not pop in and see us.’

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